tv [untitled] November 6, 2011 2:30am-3:00am EST
latest news on the week's top stories here at r.t. greece's debt drama leaves its prime minister fighting for his job and struggling to form a new unity government eurozone leaders all together on one thing saving with or without greece. american protesters vowed to keep the gunning for the greedy is out to corporate demos president across the country that's despite scores of arrests of what's seen as over the top police and. russian businessmen the bits of boots faces the knife behind bars in the midwest of men convicted of selling
weapons to terrorist groups and conspiring to kill americans who denies all the charges against him and says the appeal. and a manned mission to mars comes closer to reality just go bonkers opened up after five hundred twenty days fair and that mankind could enjoy the isolation of the flights to the red planet. the next part two of a special report into the eco warriors will seemingly stop at nothing to protect the planet. one o'clock in the morning. frank buff children you grow your ship through. made sure that there were no people around the
buildings that were nearby were leaking. and they started a fire that resulted in forty thousand dollars with a blanched of three trucks and unfortunately it's taken me to start a fire he's found guilty of several different crimes he sems twenty two years before people want to pay attention to things that i had to say or people like me had to say. should i stay here for the duration of my sentence the entire world and life that i've had up to this point will be non-existent twenty one years from now that's hard to swallow. since that's real difficult but i can't look back and knowing what i know how and what i have my heart.
crute trying. this was the longest prison sentence for any environmental and animal rights activists in oregon the average sentence for arson if you're convicted of arson is two years so for jeff to get twenty three years for the same exact crime based on his political beliefs was outrageous and completely unheard of i think that the sentence that the judge imposed was meant to be an extreme deterrent to any other activists who had ever considered this form of economic sabotage as as a sign of their protest. or his appeal was finally heard the decision was declared unlawful and the sentence was ruled as unjust after nine and a half years of prison and his life as
a free man at the age of thirty one having spent all of his twenty's in a maximum security prison. prior to going to prison when i used to travel whenever possible i would have trains and in fact just about a mile down where is where we used to hop out of eugene and we would hide in the bushes away for a train moving just slightly slower than this me my buddies would load all of our stuff. i'd carry my dog underneath my arm and we take the train down to san francisco. that used to be where all the tree sitters from paul creek are used to go on vacation.
we live in a world that's forgotten how to survive without industry we've forgotten how to be a part of nature and because of that we've lost a piece of ourselves we have a system of government and an economic system. is not a magically impossible the whole theory behind capitalism is infinite expansion infinite growth of profits and you can't do that when you live on a planet with finite resources what happens if we don't resist is we completely lose our souls whether you're using legal or extra legal tactics
to. resist corporate dominance and government oppression and put a stop to climate change those it's justifiable resisting this is justifiable. when nine eleven happened the bush administration could not find any terrorists bin laden was out hiding they couldn't find anyone to bring into the courts of justice so that they could claim we've got terrorists and so in the wake of nine eleven even though all of these crimes occurred prior to nine eleven we all of a sudden heard the drums beating of this anti-terrorist. and because the feds couldn't find any real terrorists they decided to take these young people who were accused of property sabotage and label them as terrorists. direct action are
over considered a registered domestic terrorist in this country with file inches they have no idea how big it is. i can't do the things that you used to do but what i can do is share my story share my experiences and continue to advocate for the world that i want to see and continue to try to create real and meaningful change. today we're announcing the addition of the annual andrea's sandiego to the f.b.i.'s most wanted terrorist list who is wanted for his alleged involvement in the bombing of two biotechnology facilities in the san francisco bay area san diego's criminal acts of violence were domestic acts of terror planned out and possibly intended to take lives destroy property and create economic hardship for the companies
involved the f.b.i. is announcing today a reward of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars for information leading to the location and arrest of daniel andrus san diego animal rights and environmental extremists remain a significant threat based on the economic damage and widespread nature of this threat. these extremists have been responsible for over one thousand eight hundred criminal acts and more than one hundred ten million dollars in damages. and i tell people that i was thrown in jail for refusing to testify at this thing that a grand jury where wasn't even a trial they don't believe me they say no they can't do that that's
unconstitutional or that's that's not allowed in this country this is a free country. people say that all the time so i was in nursing school it was late in may two thousand and six and these f.b.i. agents showed up at my door and gave me these papers that said i was subpoenaed to a grand jury i was targeted because i had a history of environmental activism and but specifically because i you know how dissociation zz with people who they thought may have been involved with crimes and i knew that a grand jury was this court hearing where they're going to ask you ask me all these questions about anything they want to and there was not going to be a judge there and i wouldn't have be able to have
a lawyer present and i was pretty sure they were going to ask me about these people and what i knew about them and if i knew any other people who may know them and you know things along those lines they i think they were investigating the operation backfire investigation and the only thing i know is they put gave me showed me a picture of this one person. and said do you know this person and at that point i said i'm not cooperating. so they sent me to jail and they ended up keeping me there for six months without being charged with a crime at all and i still support that everybody who's working on those issues but i for my own
mental health i had to step back and and take a deep breath and a look at. what was going on around me and rethink what i was doing with my life. operation back far was an attempt by law enforcement or the congress working jointly with corporations and industry groups to not only try and stop individuals who were communities actions but to also make sure that public opinion did not support these organisations and make sure that these movements as
a whole were completely destroyed completely destroyed so there's no trace of any kind of resistance no threat to the us economy no threats to corporations. who real people who are green in this country are the housewives who recycle and the children who plant trees on the weekend with a cub scout troops. and the fathers like me who might buy a hybrid car that's the green you have an eye loose confederation of activist groups that are a bent on causing damage and islands of destruction in order to get what they want and what they want is
a return to nineteenth century agriculture i return to nineteenth century home building one hundred centuries population numbers they want to revert society to the way it used to be it's a very shortsighted way of looking at the world our mission is to talk to the public talk to americans and to educate them about the threats from activists and governments and everywhere else other threats to the food they eat and the choices they make new friends we have financing from many many ordinary people and also a handful of companies that like what we do and want to see us keep doing it. well we don't need them and never.
the people behind this are actually some of the largest corporations in the country people like pfizer glaxo smith kline the national cattlemen's beef association the first commission all these industries and corporations with a vested interest in labeling are of us as terrorists in addition to that they're all industries with a lot of financial influence on congress and they donated heavily to these campaigns they've helped elect many of the same people that they've been called upon to label activists as terrorists. the lady and gentleman police and raise your right hands and each of you soundly swear the testimony you about can give the separation with the truth the whole truth nothing but close up you've got. and akko terrorists seem to want to destroy civilization as we know it and order to save the planet close quote
h.r. forty two thirty nine would expand the reach of the animal enterprise terrorism stature to specifically quote the use of force by our in-store threats against entities that do business with animal enterprise organizations we need this legislation to enable the police to become proactive in the way they can best occasions these people are organized along terrorist cells independently operating and using the internet and emails crime distantly and web sites that do not operate within the united states or the united kingdom mr potter property crimes are already punishable as so-called you know enterprise terrorism this bill the risk of further expanding that sweeping category klute protests boycotts undercover investigations whistleblowing and nonviolent civil disobedience this legislation will add to this
climate of fear in the struts and it will force americans to ask themselves is it worth it standing up for my beliefs really worth the risk of being labeled a terrorist. i urge you to reject this bill and ensure that a limited anti-terrorism resources are used to protect national security and. not profits we thank you for your corporation attendance and without objection stopped with. the irony of all this eco terrorism legislation and rhetoric it is that it's happening at a time when everyone says they are an environmentalist everyone who cares about the environment everyone is going green right now you know there is more public support for environmental issues than ever before and these corporations and these politicians understand this very well there is
a report by the department of homeland security to talk about the threat of so-called eco terrorism one of the points that they raised in this report was that there is a danger with the growing awareness with very little of issues that main stream of people being taken radicalized and not only taking a more radical belief system but also acting on those beliefs. i am married to anybody else who is currently serving a seven year sentence for arson conspiracy. he was involved in property destruction for two facilities one of them being a lumber company and one being a company that creates genetically modified trees. he was originally facing life in prison. it was the night of her anniversary i think
and i didn't get a call from him. which was really strange because he would have definitely called and then i called the prison to find out if anything happened and of course they couldn't tell me anything and then later we find out he was moved she was in the process of being moved to. marion illinois it's in southern illinois and he's being moved to a unit called a communication management unit something that actually no one had ever heard about and we didn't know anything about. so these units pooled what they consider people not necessarily charged with terrorism but somehow associated with terrorism which is very vague and it could basically mean anything they wanted from me and. i lived in new york for nine eleven i experienced that. for me it's
a kind of. really difficult to swallow that label being put on him considering i actually do know what. terrorism is and. someone who destroyed property. with absolutely zero intention of harming a single human being. in my mind is not a fair. president obama's pledge to close guantanamo on the secret overseas cia prisons calls are increasing for him to reexamine the treatment of prisoners detained as part of the so-called war on terror being held inside the united states with little public scrutiny of the bush administration open to secret prisons and indiana and illinois newness communication management units or c n units that are designed to severely restrict prisoner communication with family members the media and the outside world
dozens of muslim men are still being held at the cme news as well as other person there's including environmental and animal rights activists the government's provided little information about the special prison units a search on the bureau of prisons website yields just one document even mentioning the program only a handful of news articles have covered what's been described as a little guantanamo by some of the person enters. in april of two thousand and ten we filed a lawsuit against the bureau of prisons the attorney general eric holder the director of the bureau of prisons harley and and other high level individuals within the bureau and we are alleging that the communications management units are unconstitutional but another part of this is really defending activists as they are charged and challenging these new laws as unconstitutional you know the federal
government is now attempting to prosecute protesters as terrorists and we need to call attention to this renewed to argue about it in court and we also need to educate people on educate other social justice activists who may be the next target for instance in the case of scott commute in minneapolis minnesota the government attorney in that case actually argued before the court that scott the youth is a known anarchist therefore he is the best a terrorist it was that he now directs he is a member of this therefore he is a terrorist and has set up evidence of the talked about literature that was found in his whole books but i'm a gold mine going to be more martyrs and. it's purely about beliefs entirely alter it. it does resonate with me you know my grandparents were julius and ethel rosenberg of course they were executed in the one nine hundred fifty s. for conspiracy to commit espionage that was the charge but really the trial was all
about them allegedly having given the secret of the atomic bomb to the soviet union to the russians and while there was a huge outcry of support from many activists across the country and internationally you know huge international movement to support that and to see clemency there were many others who we would have expected to have been involved in that battle who were afraid and it's not hard to understand why they were afraid given the climate of the times but it's you know it's a history lesson that we can't afford to repeat. we have approximately here in the f.b.i. i approached me one hundred seventy cases there are throughout all of our divisions
in the f.b.i. . just dealing specifically with eco terrorism. we're going to say what to the questions that were presented. hollow his near miss for what it is. but it is a. christian is it specifically to save us i think that it will probably go it will be international and that's why it's very important that we here in the united states within the federal bureau of investigation ensure that we work very diligently with our international partners to ensure that these types of ideologies and crimes do not occur at their home.
real source or a mistake to think that in this building just some months ago where hundred and twenty had so stay in the largest gathering outside of the u.n. building and they had they failed to deliver. a deal to stop climate change but the ball rolled was waiting for a moment so we dressed up in my eyes the evening blown hired tree cars bought some toys on the internets a blue lights we made some forts number plates zero zero seven like james bond. on the summit's final day two activists with a group greenpeace interrupted the state dinner for over one hundred world leaders at the danish royal palace dressed in formal evening where the couple on interest rate and politicians talk leaders the action came one day after two activists
briefly interrupted the sound of finery chanting slogans for climate justice let's be blunt about it. goes with power in government and the business sector why engage in mass scale corruption maskil and by them include crimes and who absolutely impunity and and get away with it. that. what we did was not something different from what we have done before but the twenty one days we got here the tension is actually the toughest sentence without trial that anyone greenpeace activists ever have both in europe so it's really a change i know that i will be charged with something that's possibly could give me
off to or in principle could give me up to two years. element of trying to shut down. public protest trollish. before long our direct action this is a phenomenal she world from the u.k. where we've seen preventative arrests will be here since truth attempts of police and from creation with the coaching movement definitely happens in the us but the barely a country that you can point to where this is not. serious this ill is identified by the police as a key thing ones do especially so before major actions like nuclear waste transplants she's under surveillance like the last time they arrested her before the transfer if you want to retire out of the police took
a risk is it legal to take preventive action on the basis of superstitions visit and we think the police went way too far and that the law doesn't cover such arrests so. we have from visits architecture that's around to always enable police talk of innocent people i think that's a lot easier about holding a template trial where i file fifteen thousand motions some are clearly bill or grant citizens their rights demonstrates what is on the ground they add things like on first condition that condition and that's how they do it and that's how our basic rights are restricted some day they'll disappear if we don't defend them. that's six fifteen to twenty million years for the planet to recover from
a major extinction event on the planet has time we don't so this is really about saving ourselves are we intelligent enough to save ourselves or not it's really up to the younger generations to take a stand because we're going to be left holding the bag in and we're going to have to face the consequences of all the damage that's happened over these past centuries and. we can't wait for somebody else to do it. since. i. feel a lump. sum